Luke 6:40 “Be The Teacher”
"A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
It is said, the Bible is the best business book ever written. This passage is so simple, yet so incredibly powerful. I think it’s one of the best definitions of true delegation ever written. If you are supervising someone, your goal is to teach them their roles, responsibilities and duties so well, they can do the job as well as you. Until the employee or student is “like the teacher,” the training and development work isn’t done.
If we, as supervisors, will invest ourselves in our people to that level, the result will be a team of people that are very well prepared to succeed. Most people in business don’t have the time to literally do this, but the closer we can get to training our people until they really get it as well as we do, our company will have a great chance to prosper.
Of course, the challenge is when we invest ourselves in training this well, then the employee leaves the company. We can’t look at that as a loss. Instead, we have to believe what goes around, comes around. By investing in our people’s knowledge, it will pay us back while they work for us, and it will leave a legacy of people who respect and appreciate what we did for them.
We have to be careful to identify and hire people of character (that comes from their parents and grandparents). But once you find and hire a good person, train them until they can do it like you can do it. What, you gonna argue with God’s management training?
You’ll have a chance to use this concept tomorrow and every day. Don’t slack, give that person you’re helping your best effort. Keep doing that every day, and you’ll find the seed of quality leadership will begin to grow in you. The more quality seeds you plant, the greater the harvests down the road.
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”
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